World’s best footballer, Lionel Messi missed the curtain-raiser against Chile in the ongoing Copa America Centenario.
The star player took a hit in the friendly game against Honduras and has not been able to rest well as his recovery has been interrupted by court proceedings. The Argentine forward had to return to Barcelona to answer tax fraud charges last week.
The Captain was replaced by Nicolas Gaitan in Santa Clara. The Blaugrana star is reported to still be in pain due to the blow to his back, and decided he was not fit to start against Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side. The Argentine coach Gerardo Martino on Sunday told the press that Messi would be given the chance to prove his fitness ahead of the Chile match but that there was a replacement [Gaitan] to avoid risking the player.
The injury forced Argentina to play Gaitan in a three man attack. The Benfica winger joined Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria, making his first appearance in a major international tournament. Ahead of the much anticipated game, Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal said in a press conference on Sunday that he wanted Messi to play:
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Lionel Messi made sure that Barcelona’s unbeaten run in the ongoing Champions League would continue as he scored a brilliant leveller against AC Milan yesterday night.
The match eventually ended in the form of a draw and both the teams were given one point each. With that one point, Barcelona’s points tally went to 7 and they remained the first team in the Group H points table.
The start of the match was pretty disastrous for Barca as they conceded a goal in the 9th minute. It was Robinho who gave the visitors that blow.
But, Messi as always came in the rescue of Barca again in the 24th minute. He got a superb pass from Andres Iniesta, but, he still had to get rid of a couple of opposition players. He fumbled a bit, but, he eventually managed to go past both of them and then, with a crisp shot, he found the bottom corner of the net to make the score 1-1.
Quite a few superstars were going to feature in this Milan-Barca match and it was expected to be a full house at San Siro. It turned out to be a full house indeed as close to 75,000 spectators were out there to cheer for their favourite players.
Messi was the main attraction as he was coming back after recovering from a thigh problem. Some people might have expected him to be a bit rusty, but, the Argentinean didn’t look like that at all. He was fluent right from the word go.
Barcelona and AC Milan will again take on each other in a couple of weeks. That match will be played at Estadio Camp Nou and a victory there for Barca would put them in a great position to qualify for the next round.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi helped outgoing manager Guardiola claim the 14th title in four years as the Barcelona manager following his goal against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final. Barcelona won the match 3-0 against all the odds, which was the first major trophy the club has won in the close season.
Even though they have won the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup this season, they have been knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea, while they also failed to retain the league title. Barcelona manager Guardiola announced a few weeks ago that this will be his last match incharge of the club. Continue reading MESSI WINS TITLE